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Main reason for most recent breast MRI

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For female sample adults age 30 and older who ever had a breast MRI (BMRIEV), BMRILY reports the main reason that the respondent had their last breast MRI test.

Data Collection Process 

Interviewers asked the open-ended question, "What is the main reason you had this breast MRI?" The interviewer then fit the response into one of the categories included on the survey form (i.e., follow-up of abnormal mammogram, breast problem, health care provider said at high risk, family history of breast cancer, routine exam, personal request, or other).

The 2010 Field Representative's Manual advised that:

For any of the questions that asks, "What is the main reason you had this exam?" ... if the respondent had a problem, but was not sure which reason to pick, then record the first one she gives, as her initial thought is probably the best option.

For a description of the breast MRI test, see BMRIEV .


There are no comparability problems for BMRILY.


  • 2010: Female sample adults age 30+ who have had a breast MRI.


  • 2010